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TODAY EXCLUSIVE: When did Federer actually consider he might hit ‘Nadal’ on clay?

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Ivan Ljubicic: Coaching, taking part in and attending to know Roger Federer
Tennis Podcast, 35.09 min, on all the same old podcast apps

After spending practically 5 years with no Grand Slam title, Roger Federer turned to his good buddy and former world No. 3 Ivan Lubicic in his quest to finish the drought. The partnership labored as Federer gained three extra Grand Slams, elevating his quantity to twenty, beginning together with his 2017 Australian Open victory over Rafael Nadal.

“I remember we had a meal together and he casually asked me to consider coaching him … I was shocked and I was overwhelmed and excited,” Lubicic informed David Law, host of the tennis podcast. The two have been speaking about Federer’s sport earlier than the Swiss nice requested Lubii to take the position full-time.

Law says he has been making an attempt to interview Zubi since 2016, however when Federer determined to retire, the Croatian agreed. Federer’s taking part in time within the Laver Cup is ideal and Ljubicic offers some superb insights from previous matches when he was coach.

Croat talks about why Federer took a break after 2016 Wimbledon, how he educated through the lengthy break earlier than the Australian Open and after defeating Nadal in 5 grueling units at Melbourne Park, Federer took a break from different surfaces ( apart from clay) however why felt higher than them)

“I feel that match modified the way in which he skilled Rafa… I consider after that match, he felt extra assured that he had it on his racket which many earlier than. That was not the case with Rafa.

Federer’s confidence in his sport was so excessive that when he performed with Nadal within the semi-finals of the 2019 French Open, he thought he might ‘harm Nadal on clay.’

If not for the mud storm, the 2019 French Open semi-final, which Nadal gained in three units, would have been an in depth affair, believes Lubii.

Hitting the backhand as an alternative of biting it, taking part in nearer to the baseline and coming extra over the online when wanted are among the variations Lubicic and Federer have labored on.

“Because slicing makes you run and defend lots, which is ok once you’re 23-25, however once you’re 35, you defend lots… It’s bodily drained. I assumed Roger was finest on the within of the courtroom and on the baseline reasonably than too removed from the baseline,” Ljubicz tells Law.

When the 2 labored collectively, the aim was to win the Grand Slam once more. Federer achieved the No. 1 rating in February 2018 and at 36 turned the oldest to attain the feat. “The No. 1 spot was amazing.” He defended the Australian Open title a yr later in 2018 and likewise gained Wimbledon in 2017.

After one of many best Wimbledon finals – 2019 vs Novak Djokovic – which was not for Federer’s means, Ljubic actually had nothing to inform Federer about his sport as he performed good.

When Federer defeated Nadal within the 2019 Wimbledon semi-final after which misplaced in 5 units to Novak Djokovic in a five-hour marathon match, Lubicic revealed how emotional he was.

“There’s no way around it… I thought he played so well… It’s painful.”

Cut to 2022, and by the point of Wimbledon, Federer’s return was on monitor, however then issues modified, Lubii revealed.

“… there was good progress all the way up to Wimbledon but it was the first setback after Wimbledon. Roger is probably thinking a lot now. He’s 41 years old.”

Ljubicic and Federer come a great distance and are hit as associates off the courtroom even earlier than Federer rises – from a teenager throwing a tantrum to arguably the best tennis participant of all time.

Ljubi, now 43, additionally reminisces concerning the time when he was 17 and Federer was 15 and the 2 first met throughout a futures match.


With inputs from TheIndianEXPRESS

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